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Anna Karenina Read-A-Long Discussion Week 3

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My post for Discussion Week 1
My post for Discussion Week 2


PART FIVE AND PART SIX

This book got stale for me again. So much socialism and politics that I started to drift off. It has been an emotional rollercoaster of a read for me, and I am so glad the ride is almost over. I feel like this book has been read forcefully instead of with my usually easy gait. How I dread book that make me feel that way. But I digress, it is too close to the finish line for me to give up.

I still like Levin the most, even though he has changed since marriage. I think he is still a top character, though I don't like how he seems to ignore his wife. Maybe it's just me, but I find myself asking why did they get married in the first place... he's supposed to be infatuated with her and now he got her it's lost it's luster. 

I dislike Anna more and more all the time. She still pines for a life she could have always had, if she kept her legs closed. She is one lost soul, and she brought it on herself. I hate that she blames Vronsky, like he did this all himself. It takes two to tango lady! I also hate her morals as a mother. How can she be so distraught over one and not give love to the other? That made me sick to read her feelings, as a parent it killed to know she could feel that way to her daughter. She was repulsed by her and that repulsed me.

I do appreciate Vronsky is not the slimeball I initially thought him to be. He has good and virtuous intentions. It's Anna that can't get it together. He wants the divorce and she is ignorant as to why. I can't believe she wouldn't want the same after Stepan took her son away. Again it boils back to Anna being an idiot, and enforces why I dislike her so.

That's all I got to say this week. See ya on the next one!

Comments

  1. There are a ton of politics, true. I know that there are critics that see this portion of Tolstoy's writing as genius, as he has managed to get a ton of his own strong beliefs into the story. I have especially heard this about the dinner party setting. I am not a critic however, and only know what I like. All of the political portions are as dry as the agricultural sections last week.
    We certainly do agree on many levels, especially concerning Anna.
    Thank you for your insightful post.

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  2. hi Freda! you're right. it's Anna who can't pull herself together. i commiserate with Vronsky and why he wanted to go for the divorce. he wanted his heirs to have a name. that i can understand from a man's point of view. if only the circumstances were different and not the mess that he and Anna are in, things could probably have been better for all concerned.

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  3. Me too! I just can't get how she could love one and was totally repulsed by the other. Admittedly, I've only the one child but still, I think if I ever felt like that of my own child, it's a sign that I really have gone mad! Maybe she has...?

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  4. I found this section hard to get through as well...which is why I didn't make it all the way through. It's been entirely too tempting to pick up other books.
    I agree with you regarding Anna. I kinda of wonder if she thought this is what she wanted an then realized it wasn't what she thought it would be, especially as she so jealously clings to Vronsky.

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  5. Hi, Freda!

    You know, I share your feelings in regards to this book! It may be a masterpiece, but it sure isn't a pleasant read -- at least not all of it. I, too, have been forcing myself to keep reading it.

    I also agree with your opinion of Anna. I like her less and less as time goes on! She's a LOUSY mother, and pretty much all she can think of is that she wants Vronsky, no matter what. But I do blame Vronsky just as much as I blame her. The minute he found out she was married, he should have made an effort to stay away from her.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! : )

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